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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Tohoku
Sendai
# 22   of 175 destinations
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With roughly one million inhabitants, Sendai is by far the largest city in the Tohoku Region and one of the country's fifteen largest cities.

Sendai was the closest major city to the epicenter of the earthquake of March 11, 2011. The tsunami devastated the city's coastal outskirts but did not cause major damage in the city center. Virtually all tourist spots reopened within a few months of the earthquake.

The modern city of Sendai was founded around the year 1600 by Date Masamune, one of feudal Japan's most powerful lords. Many of Sendai's tourist attractions are related to Masamune and his family.

Less than an hour northeast of the city center lies the town of Matsushima, whose bay is dotted by pine clad islets and is known for one of Japan's three most scenic views.

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Attractions
Central Sendai
 1  Zuihoden Mausoleum
Mausoleum of Date Masamune and his family.
User rating: 78/100 (57 votes)
Visited by: 123 users
 2  Rinnoji Temple
Date family temple with outstanding garden.
User rating: 75/100 (45 votes)
Visited by: 108 users
 3  Aoba Castle
Ruins of the former castle of the Date clan.
User rating: 72/100 (144 votes)
Visited by: 314 users
 4  Sendai Downtown
About attractions in the downtown area.
User rating: 72/100 (249 votes)
Visited by: 534 users
 5  Osaki Hachimangu
Beautiful family shrine of the Date clan.
User rating: 71/100 (44 votes)
Visited by: 107 users
 
Local Specialties and Events
 1  Gyutan (Beef Tongue)
Most famous dish of Sendai.
User rating: 84/100 (177 votes)
Visited by: 380 users
 2  Tanabata Matsuri
Summer festival with elaborate decorations.
User rating: 77/100 (54 votes)
Visited by: 128 users
 
Special Interest Guides
  Sendai Cherry Blossom Spots
  A list of popular cherry blossom spots in Sendai .
Side Trips from Sendai
 1  Yamadera
Scenic temple on a steep mountainside.
User rating: 90/100 (81 votes)
Visited by: 162 users
 2  Matsushima
Scenic bay dotted by pine clad islets.
User rating: 82/100 (282 votes)
Visited by: 616 users
 

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User Rating (by 504 users):
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English Links
Sendai City
Official English website.
Nagomi Visit
Offering hands-on experiences for tourists, such as home visits and cooking lessons.

Japanese Links
Sendai City
Official website.

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Matsushima

Sendai: Access and Orientation

News and Reports
April 19, 2014
Matsushima Report
by scott
April 16, 2014
Sendai Cherry Blossom Report
by scott
April 18, 2013
Sendai Report
by scott
April 25, 2012
Sendai Cherry Blossom Report
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April 21, 2011
Sendai Cherry Blossom Report
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April 21, 2011
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